kane, I think you should consider Austria. To me, they have much more going on in terms of pastry than any of those countries you mentioned. I think it started with the Habsburg tradition, and continued from there.
OK I'll give you France, Belgium, Switzerland for choclatiers, Or France and Italy for bread, but for pastries, to me the Austrian pastry shops are the bombe.;)
You're after Cafe Zauner in Bad Ischl, from what you've said.
Now with your three month...